Okay so my boy is a superstar- really. I love him to pieces. No one believes me when I say he is 3,5 because he's just so chilled.
Since moving yards, and having a new, interested and active trainer, we have restarted our training programme. No more is he asked to come up and up in to a round position and hold it, but be allowed to swing his back and move freely, and also trot him at a 'natural' pace, rather than pushing him to run and run all the time!
I do have on slight issue though.
On any downwards transition, he takes it too far! On the lunge, he is brilliant, so I have tried to use my voice too, but to the same ending under saddle. From trot to walk, he will halt. Now the first time was funny, but now as soon as I ask for walk (sit deep, legs on, rein ALWAYS fore) he does it straight away, but halts. No walk. Just HALT. My trainer is going to have another sit on him etc, but right now I would like some help for when I work on my own.
It has got to the point where he has jarred my back and I am feeling pretty stiff afterwards!
I have tried carrying a whip, just carry it. OH MY. Well he trotted like a GP horse and stopping was.. interesting, but exactly the same results.
Trainer said that it is something he has learned, and something he must un-learn but any tips are greatly appreciated!